CAROL Lewis is all set to enjoy Valentine’s Day on Thursday with her husband of 22 years, Phil.
But it was very nearly a different story when last year her obsession with faddy diets looked like it could cause her marriage to head for the divorce courts.
Husband Phil couldn’t take any more of Carol’s yo-yo dieting – a habit she had for 30 years on and off – causing more arguments and upset than actual weight loss and making married life miserable.
Carol, 52, from Hambleton, said: “I must have tried every diet ever invented, every book, every CD, different diets over the years and the fact I’ve been on and off them means Phil has too.
“Not necessarily eating the same or anything, but the emotional roller coaster and the ‘if’s and but’s’ about what you’re eating which comes with it.”
It’s fair to say Phil had enough and Carol too was fed up of being confused by all the mixed messages and instructions she had floating around in her head.
Then Carol spotted the YMCA had launched a new 12 week Momenta Weight Management Programme in The Gazette and she was particularly struck by the promises of ‘no more fad diets’ and ‘giving you the tools to keep the weight off for good’.
Carol, who manages the Spar store at Hambleton Service Station, joined the programme at Fleetwood YMCA and she’s says it’s Momenta which has put her weight management back on track – and as a result helped her relationship with Phil.
She and fellow participants learned techniques to help understand and apply the key elements required to lose weight successfully, including nutrition, physical activity and psychology. They also found out how to identifying key factors which contribute to weight gain and why so many methods of ‘dieting’ fail in the long-term.
Carol said: “Momenta helped me unravel everything and start again. I’d got myself so confused about what to eat and what not to eat.
“Obsessed is not the word. So the great thing about Momenta is you learn about just eating normally and healthily and still lose weight.
“Now Phil is eating as healthy as me and we don’t feel like we’ve been anywhere near a diet.
“When I can’t get to the gym, our new puppy Mia is keeping me active with nice long walks.
“And no more arguments about what goes into the trolley has made us a lot happier too.”
After two successful Momenta programmes, the YMCA have now launched new programmes in Fleetwood, Poulton and Garstang with more on the way.
James Wheelhouse, physical activity programme manager, said: “We don’t advocate extreme ‘fad diets’ or drastically limiting what you eat in order to manage your weight, which is why we brought Momenta to the Fylde Coast.
“We firmly believe this is a healthy, realistic and long term solution to help adults manage their weight and their lifestyle.”
For more information about the programme, call (01253) 882105 or visit www.ymcayactive.org/momenta for info.